Second day of Europeans was the day of big smiles. After the quarrel with the wind gods yesterday the sailors had understood who is in charge and had prayed their evening and morning prayers. It paid off. Today the Kona wind gods were at their best mood delivering excellent conditions.
17-year old Swedish windsurfing talent Andrea Holm clearly was among those that had put most effort into giving respect to the wind gods. After impressive sailing in the first morning race she could clear a strong bullet before Danish legend Tim Aagesen and her older brother Adam, the overall leader after day one.
The second morning race was spelled HOLM. Adam secured his third victory in six races before Andrea and big daddy Björn Holm, 2013 year’s Kona world champion.
During the lunch break the wind started picking up to 20 knots, delivering a promising message, making the racers eager to get back out on the race course.
Andrea, who spent the winter in Florida with the Canadian RS:X-team, and previously has been known as a light wind sailor, won the first race showing that she has moved to a complete new level this season. Adam finished second before Jonas Davidsson Vitell.
The last race of the day was the most exciting and, at the same time, the most demanding. Arm muscles started to go on strike for more than one competitor but not for Adam Holm. Kona Europeans is part of his Road to Rio and besides his brilliant sailing technique he also possesses the physics of a top athlete. His performance on the race course was top-class and he cleared the first place completing the family Holm’s day.
Tomorrow is the day when the new European Kona champion will be crowned. Two races are planned in the morning before the final which is scheduled at 2 pm. The ten top sailors will qualify. Two of these are likely to be named Adam and Andrea.
May the best man – or woman – win.